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The Lagos State Government on Thursday disclosed that it has established a Special Team to ensure efficient traffic compliance in the State and particularly address the observable flagrant disobedience to traffic rules by motorists.

Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), AIG Chris Olakpe (Rtd) who disclosed this after a tour of notable traffic prone areas of the state in company of other top hierarchy of the Agency including the General Manager, Mr. Olawale Musa, said the development was part of series of actions and concerted efforts taken to tackle the traffic gridlock headlong across the State.

The Special Team, according to him, consists of the Police, LASTMA, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and men from different military formations with the purpose of maintaining physical presence and ensuring compliance at the identified traffic trouble spots.

He expressed optimism that the officers would bring their experiences and professionalism to bear and compliment the efforts of existing staff on ground, adding that their primary responsibility is to ensure efficiency in the traffic control and enforcement of traffic laws all over the state.

Olakpe warned that LASTMA would not hesitate to prosecute recalcitrant motorists in the habit of flouting the existing traffic laws, assuring that the agency remains totally committed to ensuring efficient traffic control across the State.

He assured that no stone will be left unturned in the management of traffic and enforcement of traffic laws in the State.

”A radical problem required a radical solution. Therefore, I want to state clearly that any motorist caught violating the law would face full wrath of the law. Let me also seize this opportunity to plead with Lagosians and the general public for orderliness to reign on the roads,” he said.

He said all owners of articulated vehicles apprehended at Apapa earlier this week for wilful obstruction, and 36 other vehicle owners arrested for driving against traffic will soon have their day in court accordingly.

Olakpe enjoined traffic officers to be more dedicated and work within the ambit of law, saying that it had become imperative especially now that repair and rehabilitation of roads are in top gear across the State.

He added that the Agency was glad that it had already shared vital information on the critical roads that need immediate attention with other relevant government Ministry and Agency and repair already ongoing, assuring that succour would soon return to the roads especially now that the rains have subsided.

He also played down the insinuation that LASTMA have relaxed in enforcing traffic rules in the State, noting that over 1,200 vehicles are apprehended monthly by LASTMA for various traffic offences.

He said the impression that LASTMA does not enforce anymore was false, but rather the approach of civility which commenced early last year had reduced confrontation and fighting between LASTMA personnel and members of the public and was being misinterpreted as meekness by the Agency.

Olakpe, however, noted that there was the need to do more and ensure total compliance on the roads prompting the setting up of the special traffic compliance team.

It would be recalled that in May 2018, the Agency commenced a process of presenting traffic offenders directly to a mobile court to determine their cases to remove incidences of arbitrariness and indiscretion of traffic officers which had been a sour point between LASTMA and members of the public in the past.

This, Olakpe said, had reduced complaints about LASTMA officers by over 60 per cent.


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UPDATED: COVID-19 Update by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu



31 more #COVID19Lagos patients; 15 females and 16 males, all Nigerians were discharged from our Isolation facilities today to reunite with the society.


The patients; 13 from Agidingbi, 8 from Onikan, 8 from Gbagada, 1 from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospita, Yaba and 1 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID-19.


This brings to 1771, the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from Lagos Isolation Centres.


Let’s continue to adhere strictly to #PhysicalDistancing and #handhygiene principles #ForACOVID19FreeLagos

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Schools Reopening: Give Students Monetary Stimulus Or Forgo Tuition Fees, Jumu’ah Appeals To Buhari, Governors, Others



A Political Analyst and Social Commentator, Jumu’ah Abiodun has appealed to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and the Governors of 36 states of the federation to give Nigerian tertiary institutions students financial stimulus or forgo this session school fees.
Jumu’ah in his open letter addressed to President Buhari copied the Nigeria Governors’ Forum through their Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Nigerian Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila respectively said it’s important for them to provide this stimulus in order to save many of the students from dropping out of schools due to financial crisis ravaging the country.
Others copied in his letter are National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemaka Uwajuiba, the Conference of Speakers of the State Legislatures of Nigeria, National Association of Nigeria Students, National Association of Polytechnics Students and National Board for Technical Education.
The activist explained that lots of parents are facing economic hardship despite gradual phases of reopening of the economy from the global lockdown.
Jumu’ah explained further to the federal and state governments that property owners are not to be blamed because most of them built their properties with loans.
He then enjoined the government to increase the testing capacity as the majority of confirmed cases and the deaths toll reported are for influential people in the country.
The Social Commentator in his letter also sent special greetings to medical teams, caregivers, journalists and men of Nigeria Police Force specifically Lagos State Command led by CP Hakeem Odumosu and Commander of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, ACP Tunji Disu who according to him have done a great job during the global lockdown.
The full letter read:
As-salamu Alaykum Your Excellency Sir, let me start by introducing myself, my name is Jumu’ah Abiodun, a Political Analyst, Social Commentator, Journalist and a Concerned Citizen of this great country.
Your Excellency Sir, I will like to commend you, your deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Chairman of your COVID-19 Taskforce Team, Boss Mustapha, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and their wonderful teams for your great effort in fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. Believe me Your Excellency Sir, we are in this together.
Don’t let me forget my special greetings to those medical teams, caregivers, journalists and men of Nigeria Police Force specifically Lagos State Command led by CP Hakeem Odumosu and Commander of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad they have been wonderful during the lockdown. “You are all doing a great job”
Your Excellency Sir, as a Social Commentator, I’m very much more on ground, very much closer to my fellow citizens than you Sir. There’s need for you and your team to increase the testing capability, the total number of confirmed cases and deaths toll reported on a daily basis are far beyond what is out there. Majority of tests done so far are from the influential people and their families, though, some people with a strong immune system would get healed without not being under any ventilator or visiting any health care facilities, while so many people are dying of the deadly virus every hour.
Your Excellency Sir, without not wasting so much of your precious time reading my letter, let me go straight to the points.
We all know that the number 4 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030 is for every child to have access to Quality Education.
The main aim of my Open Letter is to appeal to you to provide financial stimulus or forgo current session fees for all federal tertiary institutions students in Nigeria.
Your Excellency Sir, looking at the current economic situation of this country ravaging on us by the COVID-19 pandemic, you will agree with me that so many students will drop out of school due to not being able to pay their fees.
Mr President Sir, it has come to my attention that some property owners are already sending messages to students for renewal of their various hostels or accommodations. By and large, Your Excellency Sir, we can’t blame some of these properties owners as most of them are on mortgage payments scheme, some survive, feed and finance their own wards school fees through their investments.
Your Excellency Sir, by doing this, I use this opportunity to appeal to you to meet Nigeria Governors’ so as for them to initiate the same in their respective states with their various state universities, polytechnics and other higher institutions of learning.
May the peace and blessing of Allah be with you and your family Mr President Sir.
Ma Salaam
Yours faithfully
Jumu’ah Abiodun
The President of the Nigerian Senate
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum
The Leadership of the All Progressives Congress
The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives
The Conference of Speakers of the State Legislatures of Nigeria
Minister of Education
Minister of State for Education
National Association of Nigeria Students
National Association of Polytechnics Students
National Board for Technical Education
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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider,  has graduated 28 successful candidates in its inaugural FirstBank Management Associates Programme (FMAP), virtually held on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 via the Zoom video conferencing application. The programme which commenced in 2018 had a total of 48 candidates selected from thousands of entries and applications received nationwide.

FMAP is a 24-month fast-track comprehensive developmental programme targeted at young, dynamic, self-motivated and highly driven individuals that possess the right skill set and excellent leadership potential among Junior and entry-level cadre staff. Entries and applications for the programme enrolment was also extended to the public

Speaking about the programme, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank said “It is an intensive skill development programme structured to enhance acute thinking, financial, methodical skills of staff. The bank would continue to reinvest in its human capital to create a kind of leadership needed for future growth and development

“This is part of the Bank’s strategic objectives of infusing and developing leadership at requisite levels across its staff hierarchy, aimed at building the next generation of leaders who will be groomed to drive the Bank’s vision of being Africa’s Bank of first choice”, he concluded.

At the end of the programme, successful candidates are moved to middle management, becoming Management Associates irrespective of their grades at the point of entry.
Cross country postings and secondment opportunities is also offered to such staff to provide them with global exposure and network.

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